Large orders for the CAESAR 155mm French self-propelled howitzer
According to the French production company Nexter Systems (KNDS) production plan for 2018–2028, which is based on cash contracts, this manufacturer has large and still unsigned orders for production of CAESAR 155 mm / 52 self-propelled howitzers on wheeled chassis.
In particular, according to the plan, Nexter from 2018 to 2024 should produce 147 "standard" CAESAR self-propelled howitzers on a chassis with a 6x6 wheel formula and 112 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers on a 8x8 chassis (meaning Tatra T815 chassis).
From the number of CAESAR howitzers on a 6x6 chassis, it is known that 18 units were ordered by Indonesia and 32 must be delivered to the French army under the French weapons program for 2019-2025. The remaining 97 CAESAR howitzers on a 6x6 chassis were allegedly ordered by Saudi Arabia under an additional undeclared contract (for a number of sources, possibly including 105-106 systems in general). It is known that ten CAESAR SAUs were delivered to the Saudi port of Jeddah in October 2018. It is possible that the Saudi order includes 24 CAESAR howitzers, originally ordered for Saudi funds for Lebanon.
Previously, Nexter on three contracts has already supplied the National Guard of Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2014, a total of 132 CAESAR self-propelled howitzers, made on the Unimog U5000 wheeled chassis (6x6). Saudi Arabia is actively using data CAUSAR SAU in the fighting in Yemen.
As for orders for a new version of the CAESAR howitzer on the Tatra T815 chassis with an 8x8 wheel formula, it is known that the first 15 such units with delivery in 2019-2020 were ordered by Denmark. However, the customer of the remaining 97 systems with a delivery plan in the years 2022-2024 is unknown. The press suggests that the possible customer is also Saudi Arabia - only not the National Guard, but the Saudi ground forces.
Also in publications it is noted with reference to unofficial sources in Nexter that in December 2018 the company entered into an unannounced major contract under the code Artis with Saudi Arabia for the supply of 105 mm towed 105LG guns and armored TITUS vehicles with a wheel formula 6x6. In terms of the Nexter production, 118 towed 105LG guns are listed, while it is known that 18 of these systems were ordered by Malaysia. The remaining 100 units, apparently, are for Saudi Arabia. Of the 153 TITUS armored vehicles registered in the plan, 62 units were contracted by the Czech Republic, so that, apparently, the remaining 91 vehicles fall under the Saudi contract.
Also in terms of orders mentioned 494 VBCI armored vehicles with an 8x8 wheel formula, which, apparently, are designed for Qatar.